Forest bathing: what is this? The short interpretation is using the forest for relaxation and stress reduction by simply walking, observing nature, resting, listening to sounds, in a beautiful forest. Chantilly Farm has about 100 acres of incredible forest land with at least 20 varieties of hardwoods and many wonderful flora, fauna and fungi. Does forest bathing really work? Yes, there are many scientific studies that prove that it's really true and you can get beautiful results.
|The Tree of Wisdom near trail C|
|Hiking trail at Chantilly Farm, Floyd Virginia|
The original trail that is near the festival area and uphill from the performance stage is trail A and is less then a half mile long. It does
|TRANQUILITY Bridge to trails B & C. The little|
stream provides a wonderful relaxing sound.
There is an abundance of photographic opportunities in "The Forest at Chantilly" - dozens of different flora and fauna provide beautiful subjects for pictures. In addition to the diverse plant and animal variety, there are several types of fungi, and beautiful white /clear quartz rocks of many shapes/sizes. You will find some rare flora near beautiful small spring fed streams in parts of our forest.
|Chantilly Creek 2/3|
For people with a creative mind, and those desiring to cultivate their creativity, there are endless benefits to be gained from forest bathing in "The Forest of Chantilly." When visiting the farm, please sign in at the farm office and let us know you are going to be out in the Chantilly Forest.
|Camping under the stars at Chantilly Farm.|
"By David Larsen" Chantilly Farm, Floyd County Virginia
A little more research information:
A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees, such as α-Pinene andlimonene. Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan and the USA. Here is some interesting research by Cimprich B. in 2007.
Good reading: the University of Minnesota "What are Healing Gardens" by Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD
Examples of fauna in Olleros de Tera (Spain)